Dominican Republic reports first cholera death

(AFP) – 3 hours ago

SANTO DOMINGO — Officials in the Dominican Republic on Sunday reported the first death from a cholera outbreak that had spread from neighboring Haiti, local media said.

Health officials were quoted as saying the victim had been in Haiti and lived in the Dominican city of Higuey.

A health ministry statement said Renauld Francois, 53, died Thursday, and that an autopsy would be performed to learn the exact cause of death but that his symptoms were “consistent with the disease.”

The Dominican Republic has reported 152 cases of cholera since the outbreak in Haiti last year.

In Haiti, officials say 3,889 people have died since the discovery of the epidemic in mid-October through January 16, out of 194,000 infected.

The two countries share the island of Hispaniola.

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